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GNTO Supports Greek Summer 2020 Events

GNTO headquarters, Athens

Aiming to promote activities and events that enrich Greece’s tourist product, the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) is supporting a number of cultural and sport events taking place in various destinations of the country this summer.

Giorgos (Alexis) Zorbas Museum

Among the cultural activities supported by the GNTO this summer is an event by the Municipality of Aristotle in Halkidiki, northern Greece, for the creation of the Giorgos (Alexis) Zorbas Museum. The event will be held on July 3.

Giorgos Zorbas was a Greek miner upon whom Nikos Kazantzakis based Alexis Zorbas, the protagonist of his 1946 novel “Zorba the Greek”.

During the event, the Municipality of Aristotle will officially announce the creation of the museum in the village of Paleochori, and as well as the design of a hiking trail – to be named “Zorbas” – that will connect Paleochori with the area of Arnea.

The museum will revive Giorgos Zorbas’ house with the use of folklore artifacts and digital technology.

“This initiative is expected to further promote the region’s cultural heritage, as well as cultural and heritage tourism,” the GNTO said.

“Medea and other friends I made in Athens”

The organization is also supporting the performance of the “Koilon” theatrical organization entitled “Medea and other friends I made in Athens”, that is taking place in the district of Plaka, central Athens.

The performance is addressed mainly to English-speaking audiences of all ages and takes them back to the 5th century BC in ancient Athens, where they discuss with Medea, watch the daughters of Oedipus grieve, chase the god of Wealth around the Parthenon and find out how Odysseus solved a Cyclopean problem.

Performances will run until October 31.

“Olympic Truce” race 2020

Ancient Olympia. Photo Source: Visit Greece

Another event supported by the GNTO is the 2020 Olympic Truce race, which will take place on August 30. The race starts from the old Museum of Ancient Ilida and ends in Ancient Olympia.

The Olympic Truce event is not a competition and all runners that successfully cover the 49.8km route will receive an award.

The opening ceremony will take place on August 29 at the Ilida Theater with the participation of a limited number of attendees. The ceremony will also include the 2km Iphitos Road race for children and a 24km race for the athletes of the Supreme Council of Sports of Greece’s Armed Forces (ASAED).

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